The Outlaw Triathlon returns to Nottingham this Sunday (26th July). The award-winning event is taking place for the sixth time and has attracted over 1,250 athletes from all over Britain to undertake a 2.4-mile swim, 11-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run – all within 17 hours.
The event starts at the National Water Sports Centre at 6am on Sunday. The scenes at the start are always inspiring with nervous athletes preparing for a mammoth day of triathlon as the sun rises spectacularly over the lake.
The bike ride is focused around a cheering point in Car Colston but also does a loop around Southwell. All cyclists will be clear of Southwell by 12noon and must be back at the National Water Sports Centre by 4pm in order to start the marathon run along the River Trent path.
Having already completed the long swim and bike ride, weary runners have until 11pm to complete the course, which crosses the Suspension Bridge and snakes around the Embankment before returning to the National Water Sports Centre.
The fastest competitors are expected to finish in front of the grand stand seating at the Water Sports Centre by 3pm. With four of the previous five male winners lining up this year, an exciting finish is expected. A new women’s champion will be crowned this year.
Putting on the event has included the coordination of over 400 volunteers, many of whom are local. There is also a kids triathlon race at 9am on Saturday morning following by the Big Swim events, including a 5km distance challenge on Saturday afternoon.
Spectators are invited to come along and enjoy the action for free. Parking is available free of charge, but local supporters are asked to come by bike if possible to avoid disruption to the athletes, or catch them on Sunday afternoon around the Trent Bridge area.
Cancer Research UK is the primary benefactor from the event, with fundraising from the last four years expected to top £1 million by the end of this year. Local charities, including the Karen Green Foundation, will also benefit from individuals challenging themselves to take on this tough endurance event.
Course maps are available here http://www.onestepbeyond.org.uk/the-outlaw-triathlon.php